Volunteering at the Peter Pan Op Shop
Last month, the Australian Mutuals Foundation (AMF) requested assistance from organisations within the Mutuals sector to help with the Peter Pan Op Shop’s Winter Sale. G&C Mutual Bank, the Australian Mutual Bank and Unity Bank responded by providing 12 keen volunteers in accordance with each bank’s volunteering program.
The Peter Pan Op Shop raises funds for AMF’s partner, Barnardos Australia, and the three-day only sale event is a major fundraiser. It’s a highlight for Sydney’s fashion lovers, with pre-loved and vintage designer labels on offer at bargain prices, while the proceeds raised support vulnerable children and families in Barnardos’ care.
After receiving an overview of the Peter Pan Op Shop and the Barnardos programs it supports, the volunteers were allocated tasks. Some helped to set up the sale, sorting and pricing stock, and others assisted customers on the first day of the sale when the doors opened to a queue of eager bargain hunters.
The AMF’s volunteering days, such as the Peter Pan Op Shop, provide an opportunity for organisations to demonstrate corporate social responsibility. They also enable staff members to meet colleagues from across the Mutuals sector, while enjoying a rewarding day, helping the community.
Our volunteers kindly shared some feedback about their experience:
I had a great day – thank you for the opportunity! Some hard work, balanced with lots of laughs. It was great to meet new people and find out more about Barnardos and the Peter Pan CommitteeSharlene Holt – Australian Mutual Bank Ltd
It was a great, fun day, while knowing the work we all did will help make a difference to someone’s life. You don’t realise how much hard work goes into running one of these events until you get involved. Thanks for the opportunityHelen Green – G&C Mutual Bank
The AMF offers volunteering opportunities to Mutual Banks, Credit Unions, Building Societies and Co-operative organisations, when available. If your organisation provides a staff volunteering program and you would like to get involved, please contact us to find out more.